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Dustin Johnson three-putted from 12 feet to gift Spieth the US Open

HOW did he miss this?

Image: Lenny Ignelzi

THE GREAT BOBBY Jones famously remarked that golf is “played on a course measuring five and a half inches – the distance between your two ears.”

His words never seemed more true than on the final hole of the US Open when Dustin Johnson spectacularly imploded and three-putted from 12 feet with the championship at his mercy.

Trailing Jordan Spieth by a single shot, Johnson reached the green in two and stood over an eagle chance to win his first Major.

He pushed his first putt three feet past the hole but knew that a birdie would still be good enough to force an 18-hole playoff.

He didn’t take much time to consider his shot — journalist Steve Elling timed it at 48 seconds — and in the rush, missed it on the left.

The history books will record Spieth as the winner but golf fans will find it hard to forget Johnson’s calamitous choke.
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Jordan Spieth wins the US Open on a day of scarcely-believable drama

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